Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Calendar 2018

I've been making calendars for family and friends for a few years now, but this is the first time that I have them up for sale. Demand for them has gotten so high that I can't afford to buy them for everyone anymore, so I made this decision to make this year's available for everyone:

I've picked twelve of my favourites from the past year, and included as many of the famous faces as I could! I think these would make an ideal Christmas gift!

Other products are available in the Farm Shop.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Please Vote for Jess (Again)!

Thanks to all of your votes Jess has made it to the final round of voting in the Handsomedogs Photography contest, but she needs your votes - again!

If you can spare a moment, a vote for Jess would be much appreciated - it's only two clicks and takes no time at all.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

There's a Sheep in the Kitchen

Joan was over for a visit so of course she had to see Bob - by whatever means necessary. She didn't have time to walk to the field so while she was busy cutting my mum's hair I sneaked off and fetched Bob. I was just going to bring him to the door but then I had the idea of bringing him inside - only if he wanted to, of course, as he'd never been inside the house before.

Turns out I needn't have worried. He made himself right at home.

So huggable and soft.

And I will leave you with that glorious happy tail wiggle on repeat.

(And thank you to everyone who voted for Jess in the competition. She came third in that round and I hope that it was enough to get her through to the next one. Time will tell!)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Please Vote for Jess!

This photo of Jess has reached the first round of voting in the Handsomedogs photography contest!

You can view the other photos in this round here, and please vote for Jess here. It only takes a moment and no registration is required.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

(Late) Hug a Sheep Day 2017

It was Hug a Sheep Day on Saturday 28th, but for some reason this year I got it into my head that it was on Halloween? Drat, I say. I even had these taken a few weeks in advance so I wouldn't miss it! We shall carry on...

The photo of the day was this one of Penny and I in matching black and blue. But there was quite the journey to get here...

I had the camera set up and went to fetch a sheep. I was open to volunteers, but was not surprised when Rosie came over first. The challenge was getting a good photo of us both!

Rosie stands where Rosie wants to stand.

She actually a very huggable sheep, though it seems, not when there's a camera nearby.

So soft!

Eventually I got this, but it wasn't quite what I was after and Rosie by this point was fed up, so...

...I went and fetched Penny. She immediately tried to eat my coat.

I'd had the bandana for Rosie too, but she was too scared to wear it. Not our Penny, though, no way...

(Inter)National Hug a Sheep Day created by:

Happy Hug a Sheep Day!
Happy Halloween!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Ruth and Pip Go On a Road Trip!

The road trip began with checking on the ewes. The first flock was quick to gather around the gate to demand food welcome me.

PD (Penny's dad) was in the crowd.

More sheep appeared from over the hill.

And more...

One of the Kerry Hill boys being handsome.

The two Hampshire Downs:

Leaving that mob, Pip and I drove to the next flock a few minutes further along the road. It was, oddly, very sunny there.

Iris was enjoying the sun.

So were the other sheep.

From there Pip and I literally headed for the hills, stopping here and there when I spotted something I thought was interesting. The first such thing was this friendly horse.

His friend is very well camouflaged.

A pretty view already!

Further up I spotted some ewes grazing at the side of the road. For me, as a lowland farmer, this is more of a novelty!

This ewe walked out into the road and I was worried she'd get hurt by a car...

...but no. Cars have to wait for her to move.

Her and her friends walked onwards. The taller one on the left is a Perth type Scottish Blackface, while the other horned ones (and my Mabel and Morag) are Lanark types.

The mountains are a different colour up close like this!

We were quite high on the mountain road.

The view was lovely.

And there were sheep here too. More Scottish Blackfaces like Mabel and Morag.

Pip was very good and waited patiently as I photographed the sheep.

The lamb had squeezed through the fence.

There was nothing I could do to help her. I just hope she worked out how to get back to her flock safely.

After a while we started heading downhill again. We stopped on the way at this carpark.

It was a fun trip! I've been on this route lots of times but never with my camera. It was worth it!